For the $300 million it spent on merit pay for teachers over the last three years, Texas was hoping for a big boost in student achievement. But according to experts hired by the state, that didn't happen, reports the Dallas Morning News. The Texas Educator Excellence Grant, or TEEG, plan did not produce the academic improvements that proponents hoped for when the program was launched with much fanfare in 2006, a new report from the National Center on Performance Incentives said. "There is no systematic evidence that TEEG had an impact on student achievement gains," said researchers for Texas A&M...

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